Tour de France: Third stage for Peter Sagan, Geraint Thomas keeps Yellow
Jul 03 2017 11:41 pm CET

Tour de France: Third stage for Peter Sagan, Geraint Thomas keeps Yellow
Tour de France: Third stage for Peter Sagan, Geraint Thomas keeps Yellow
Photo of Peter Sagan © BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Peter Sagan has won the third stage of the Tour de France. The World Champion was the strongest at the uphill bunch sprint in Longwy, crossing the line ahead of Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors).

The third day of the 2017 Tour de France took place on a course of 212.5 kilometres, starting in Verviers, Belgium, and going through Luxemburg to arrive in Longwy, France.

The stage started with a few attempts of a breakaway and passing the 10 kilometre mark a group formed by Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal), Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Nathan Brown (Cannondale-Drapac), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Romain Sicard (Direct Energie), managed to get away.

The escapees could create a gap of more than three minutes with the pack. After the Cote de Wiltz, Politt attacked from the front group and Brown was the only one that could stay in his wheel.

The duo went alone in front for some kilometres but were eventually reeled back in by the rest of the escapees. At around sixty kilometres to go Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) and Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro) bridged to the front group.

Some kilometres later the front group split and only De Gendt, Perichon, Calmejane and Hardy maintained the lead. Behind them a peloton pulled by Bora-hansgrohe increased the pace to catch the escapees.

With almost 20 kilometres to go, Calmejane set a very high pace during an ascent and dropped all of his companions, who were soon reeled back in by a peloton that was getting closer by the minute.

At 10 kilometres from the finish line, the French rider was finally caught by a peloton that had already initiated the fight for a good position ahead of the narrow streets that were about to come. The pace set in front stretched out the peloton before the last climb.

Race favourites like Richie Porte (BMC) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) were in front during the meters before the last kilometre and then the sprinters took control and went ahead.

Even though he had a pedal problem at the last moment, Sagan showed to be stronger than the rest crossing the finish line ahead of Michael Matthews (Sunweb), Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac).

Geraint Thomas keeps the Yellow Jersey and his teammate Chris Froome gets in second position of the General Classification.



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